The last week has forced me to reflect upon the cognitive dissonance of the Left. Over the years, it’s been made clear to me time and time again that many individuals hold dualities within their hearts and minds. These dualities confound me. I am left in awe that such bipolar ideas can survive inside the same ideology, let alone inside the same head.
In the wake of the Orlando massacre, so many on the Left rushed to lay blame at the feet of whatever devil they could find. For some it was guns, but for others, it was Christianity. No one dared to point at the real evil.
Anyone reading this likely already agrees with my line of thinking, but I need to process this in writing. Hopefully in doing so, it can be of use to others.
Radical Islam is a doctrine of hatred, oppression, cruelty, and violence. It is plainly obvious to anyone who sees it that Islamism is the enemy. So why, in the presence of such a sick doctrine, are Americans poised to blame the ills of the world on a faith that teaches love and forgiveness?
The answer, I believe, is twofold. First, they’ve made themselves ignorant of the teachings of Christ. Second, they fear the evil of Islam.
Areligious Americans believe Christianity is a fantasy bought into by weak-minded individuals without the wherewithal to know any better. They see Christians as willfully blind, but they themselves are blind because they know nothing of what Christians believe. They laugh at something about which they are purposefully ignorant, and unwilling to study.
To laugh at the notion of gravity, or scoff at the idea of visibly imperceptible diseases–both would be considered outrageous because physics and biology are well taught and understood. Yet it’s not considered outrageous to mock Christianity despite knowing nothing of its philosophies and practices.
Secularists look upon Christianity as if it were a puddle, shallow and insubstantial. Yet if they were to step into that puddle, they would plummet into a well of theology that would shock their consciousness. They don’t understand because they don’t want to understand. They are bigots.
In Islam, however, secularists see a religion that brutally oppresses women. They see a religion that demands the death of homosexuals, and those who stray. They see a religion with a chilling lack of empathy and compassion. They may not comprehend the depths of this cancerous ideology, but they know it by its fruit. Rather than confront this horrifying monster, they prefer to avert their eyes, and bear their teeth at an easier target.
Christianity teaches us that although mankind is sinful, we are redeemed through the blood of God. We are taught not to cast personal judgement, but to understand the pain and difficulty carried by our fellow sinners. With that in mind, we are given a framework in which to live; we are told what is righteous and what is not. However, if a believer strays, if someone’s desires are sinful, we are called not to harm them, but to show them compassion.
Before areligious Americans cast aspersions on Christianity for creating a climate that fosters hatred or ignorance, they should study it very carefully. They should also be willing to keep their eyes wide open, and see the truth, no matter how frightening it may be.